Hopkins Fourth in Final Winter Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings
April 11, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD – On the heels of the greatest fall season in school history, Johns Hopkins earned 259.5 points in four sports during the winter and currently ranks fourth in the final 2013-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Winter with 564.50 total points. This is the highest Johns Hopkins has been ranked at the conclusion of the winter in any year since the Directors’ Cup debuted in 1996-97.
Williams (MA) ranks first in the final winter standings with 785.75 points, while Middlebury (665.75), Emory (635.75), Johns Hopkins and MIT (549.75) round out the top five.
A staple of Johns Hopkins’ success in the Directors’ Cup rankings has been the performance of the men’s and women’s swimming teams, which again did their part by combining for 155 points this year.
The Blue Jay men’s swimming team placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Championships and grabbed 80 points, while the women finished fifth and added 75 points. The fifth-place finish is tied for the best in school history for the women, while the fourth-place finish for the men marked the 23rd top five finish in program history.
The women’s indoor track team added 52.5 points with a 21st-place showing at the NCAA Championships. Senior Annie Monagle placed third in the mile and the distance medley relay team added a sixth-place showing to fuel the 21st-place finish.
Rounding out JHU’s efforts in the winter was the wrestling team, which added 52 points with a 21st-place showing at the NCAAs. The Blue Jays rode the efforts of senior Paul Marcello, who made a stunning run to the national championship match before falling in a tight match to finish second. The 21st-place finish is the highest in school history.
Johns Hopkins was ranked third in the final fall standings as five teams (men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, volleyball) totaled 305 points to land the top fall finish in school history.
With the two of the best seasons in school history already in the books, Johns Hopkins is positioned for a run the first top-five finish in school history in the final Directors’ Cup standings. JHU has placed in the top 10 three times, including last year’s ninth-place finish. Hopkins placed a program-best eighth in 2010-11.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Through the course of the year, Directors’ Cup points are awarded based on a school’s finish in up to 18 sports – nine men and nine women – in NCAA Championships.
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2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (4-11-2013) • Top 10
1. Williams (MA) – 785.75 points
2. Middlebury (VT) – 665.75
3. Emory (GA) – 635.75
4. Johns Hopkins – 564.50
5. MIT – 549.75
6. Washington University (MO) – 542.0
7. Wisconsin-Whitewater – 541.50
8. Amherst (MA) – 540.80
9. Calvin (MI) – 508.00
10. Wisconsin Eau Claire – 482.50
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